POLL/PHOTOS: 3-year-old takes part in 5K race
Updated 09/04/2010 at 3:48 p.m.
Davee Lester’s first 5K race marked more than one milestone. It will be three years ago Monday that he had open-heart surgery. And he most likely was the youngest runner Collier’s oldest race — held Saturday — has seen.
Bonita to consider BSU request to raise fees
Published 09/01/2010 at 8:50 p.m.
The city denied Bonita Springs Utilities request for a 3.5 percent rate increase last month and now it will consider whether the utility can increase its fees for services such as hook ups.
Bonita Springs Council supports fire department takeover of ambulatory services
Published 09/01/2010 at 7:18 p.m.
The Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District received unanimous support for the efforts to take control of ambulatory services in the city.
Bonita Springs considers program to support businesses and market area
Updated 09/01/2010 at 9:23 p.m.
The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce presented a proposed structure and focus for a new economic development council with the goal of filling in vacant space and growing jobs.
Lee County looks at furloughs to cut budget; Sheriff Scott objects
Updated 08/31/2010 at 11:10 p.m.
Lee County Manager Karen Hawes is recommending 4 percent pay cuts through furlough days and other cuts including $1.5 million in Emergency Medical Services and about $2.2 million in transit.
Lee Commission agrees to sell bonds to pay for Red Sox spring training complex
Updated 08/31/2010 at 1:01 p.m.
Taxpayers will be getting paid back for their loan to the new Boston Red Sox spring training stadium.
Incumbent Brian Bigelow wins Lee County Commissioner for District 2
Updated 08/24/2010 at 10:16 p.m.
The Lee County Commissioner some have seen as controversial has won his party’s nomination.
Lee Commissioners have no legal reason to fight permit for Mound Key dock
Published 08/24/2010 at 5:40 p.m.
Lee County Commissioners have no legal reason to challenge a state environmental permit for private land owners to build a dock and foot bridge on Mound Key, the county attorney said Tuesday.
Bonita Springs planners consider more artsy look for neighborhood
Published 08/19/2010 at 12:22 p.m.
Art galleries, music studios and cafes that could potentially serve alcohol could eventually be allowed near homes on a downtown Bonita Springs street. The city has been crafting plans for the east side of Felts Avenue to allow for a ...
Some Bonita Springs beach residents seek more room for biking, walking along road
Updated 08/18/2010 at 1:58 p.m.
Residents on Hickory Boulevard have no safe place to walk and have urged Bonita Springs City Council to consider supporting 4-foot shoulders for biking and walking.
E-mails show need to overhaul flawed contract awarding process, Lee commissioner says
Published 08/17/2010 at 9:04 p.m.
E-mails from a former Lee County employee highlight a flawed process for choosing contractors, according to Commissioner Brian Bigelow.
Lee County votes to make safety changes to Corkscrew Road
Updated 08/10/2010 at 6:23 p.m.
Lee County Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a $3.6 million construction management agreement with Owen, Ames, Kimball, including a 6 percent, or $205,600 fee, to make changes to Corkscrew Road.
VIDEO: East Naples firefighter Craig Weinbaum could be cooking with Regis and Kelly
Updated 08/07/2010 at 8:54 a.m.
Craig Weinbaum, 38, is one of this week’s four finalists for the summer Coast-to-Coast Fire House Cook-off on the television show Live! with Regis and Kelly.
Bonita Springs council votes against rate increase for Bonita Springs Utilities
Published 08/04/2010 at 9:10 p.m.
It is the first time Bonita’s council has voted against a rate increase for the utility.
Plans for homeless shelter near downtown Bonita Springs unveiled
Published 08/03/2010 at 8:07 p.m. 1 Comment
St. Matthew’s House, with shelters in Naples and Immokalee, unveiled plans to transform the abandoned bank at the corner of Bonita Beach and Old 41 roads.
Mr. Manners: Bonita Springs mayor wants council to be more professional
Published 07/21/2010 at 4:31 p.m.
Nelson, at Wednesday’s council meeting, outlined proposals for creating more orderly and respectful meetings and reminded members that their behavior outside of meetings was bound by their role on council.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Naples beach-goers who expected oil pleased it's not here
Updated 07/17/2010 at 5:03 p.m.
Whether casting a line from the Naples Pier or splashing in the gentle surf, vacationers in Naples continue to keep a watchful eye on the oil leak tainting the coastal environments of northern Florida and other Gulf states.
VIDEO: Lee County to cut more than 50 positions in transportation department
Published 07/13/2010 at 4:03 p.m.
Assistant County Manager Pete Winton acknowledged that a reduction in force, including both vacant and filled positions, will be implemented to help the county reach its budget.
Developer to put gate across eastern end of Bonita Beach Road to prevent trespassers
Published 07/12/2010 at 9:48 p.m.
In a matter of weeks, Oakbrook Properties will install a 6-foot high chain-link fence and gate across the road to help keep trespassers at bay.
Marco Island family mourns their loss day after fatal traffic crash
Published 07/11/2010 at 5:04 p.m.
The Warshel family just two months ago decided to make Marco Island their home. Erik Matthew Warshel, 40, his wife, Kolleen, and their four children moved from Pennsylvania in May.
Not so fast: Bonita’s new logo needs some tweaking, council members say
Updated 07/07/2010 at 9:01 p.m.
City Council took stock of some constituent complaints that the new logo, highlighting the historic banyan tree and a picket fence, did not aptly portray Bonita Springs.
LEE COUNTY COMMISSION: Tax rate will likely increase
Updated 07/06/2010 at 8:43 p.m.
Lee County taxes may go up as much as 17 percent, however with the sharp drop in property values, taxpayers may see an increase of about 3 percent.
The lost straw: Commissioners vote against putting Estero cityhood to ballot
Published 06/22/2010 at 11:26 a.m.
Lee County Commissioners this morning voted 3-1, killing a proposed resolution to ask voters in November if they want to become a city.
Boy flown to hospital after fall at Naples skate park
Updated 06/19/2010 at 4:30 p.m.
An 8-year-old Orlando boy was flown to a hospital with possible brain injuries after a fall at a Naples skate park Saturday. The boy, who was wearing a helmet, had competed and placed second in a skateboard competition.
Lee County approves $8 million to start building Red Sox spring training complex
Updated 06/15/2010 at 2:46 p.m.
Shovels are ready to break ground at the new Boston Red Sox spring training stadium.
PHOTO/VIDEO: English Pub draws 200 fans for USA v. England World Cup match
Updated 06/13/2010 at 11:05 a.m.
The English Pub has hosted World Cup parties since 1982, but nothing compared to Saturday’s match between the United States and England. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index ranked the United States 15th and the English side third, with England expected by ...
Bonita's workshop Wednesday to target ways to attract businesses
Published 06/02/2010 at 7:09 p.m.
Bring us your big-wigs, your techies and your tree-huggers. This will be the ultimate goal of Wednesday’s Bonita Springs City Council and Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce workshop to draw targeted businesses, such as corporate headquarters, aviation, Internet technologies ...
PHOTOS: Man dies while swimming at Delnor-Wiggins park
Updated 05/28/2010 at 7:26 p.m.
A 73-year-old Golden Gate Estates man died Friday afternoon while swimming at Delnor Wiggins Pass State Park.
VIDEO: Search suspended: 31-year-old Bonita Springs man dies in boating accident
Updated 05/28/2010 at 4:31 p.m.
The missing person has been identified as 31-year-old Paul Taefi. The individual who survived is 28-year-old Carl Michael Wlodyka. Both men are from Bonita Springs.
Lee commissioner, concerned about favoritism, calls for audit of consultant
Published 05/25/2010 at 8:06 p.m.
A law firm that consults on Lee County issues came under question by a commissioner Tuesday.
Lee commissioners will consider mining company’s Corkscrew Road request using old guidelines
Published 05/25/2010 at 7:47 p.m.
With a court decision and hearing examiner’s approval, a mining company will have its time before the Lee County Commission this week after years of wrangling.
Lee County to appeal mining decision
Published 05/25/2010 at noon
County Commissioners voted 4-0 to appeal Lee Circuit Judge Joseph Fuller's decision to grant Old Corkscrew Plantation review under 2007 county guidelines.
Rep. Tom Grady asks Gov. Crist to veto red light bill
Updated 05/12/2010 at 7:17 p.m. 2 Comments
Collier County drew more than $1 million from red light tickets issued from cameras.
Lee commissioners will explore financial feasibility of converting City of Palms into Olympic swimming pool
Published 05/11/2010 at 9:44 p.m.
Lee County commissioners agreed to enter into talks with Austin, Texas-based National Swimming Center Corp. to convert the City of Palms Park into an Olympic training center.
Collier, Lee county commissioners hear measures to protect local coasts from oil spill
Published 05/11/2010 at 9:28 p.m.
Emergency management officials were on hand Tuesday at commission meetings in Collier and Lee counties to update commissioners on the local efforts to protect the areas if oil reaches Southwest Florida’s coast.
Bonita reducing its buffer for development around bald eagle nests
Published 05/05/2010 at 9:28 p.m.
Instead of hard and fast rules limiting projects within a certain number of feet, the proposed changes to the city’s ordinance would have guidelines and would approach exceptions on a case by case basis.
11,000 businesses, residents lose communications services for about an hour
Updated 05/04/2010 at 4:34 p.m.
Thousands of businesses throughout Southwest Florida lost communications services this afternoon.
Bonita considers leaving Lee library system, buying public golf course during workshop
Published 05/03/2010 at 9:25 p.m. 1 Comment
Bonita Springs City Council got to work on its to-do list for the upcoming budget cycle, including the costs of leaving the Lee County Library System and acquiring a public golf course, at a workshop Monday.
Collier, Lee emergency leaders have far-away eyes on Gulf oil spill
Published 05/03/2010 at 7:32 p.m.
They’re ready if they’re needed but they hope they won’t be. Southwest Florida public safety officials are keeping an eye on developments following the late-April Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but they aren’t reacting yet.
Two men safe after plane made emergency landing in Immokalee
Published 04/24/2010 at 4:44 p.m.
Two men walked away without a scratch after their plane made an emergency landing at Immokalee Regional Airport this afternoon, according to the Immokalee Fire Department
Land deal done: Lee County now officially owns land for future Red Sox spring training home
Published 04/15/2010 at 8:43 p.m.
It’s official. Lee County now owns 106 acres of land on Daniels Parkway, the future home of Boston Red Sox spring training. The $20 million deal closed Thursday morning without a hitch. The ball team simultaneously closed on their portion ...
VIDEO: RSW travelers' hands swiped for explosives
Updated 04/14/2010 at 7:38 p.m.
Some travelers passing through airports across the country, including Southwest Florida International Airport, will now have their hands wiped and tested for explosives.
Seven Chinese drywall victims awarded $2.6 million in damages
Updated 04/08/2010 at 5:38 p.m.
A federal judge in New Orleans has awarded seven Virginia families $2.6 million in damages to pay for the removal of sulfur-emitting drywall made in China that has been linked to corrosion and possible health effects.
Lee commissioners agree to public hearing concerning single member districts
Published 04/06/2010 at 8:17 p.m. 1 Comment
Lee County Commissioners agreed unanimously on Tuesday to allow a public hearing on single member district elections. The date was set for May 11.
Lee agrees to extend bus service to Immokalee Road; Collier pulls support
Published 04/06/2010 at 7:28 p.m.
Lee County Commissioners on Tuesday gave a preliminary green light to expand bus service into Collier County, extending Lee Tran’s Route 150 bus past its current terminus on Bonita Beach Road to Immokalee Road in Naples.
Why wait? Bonita Springs Mayor wants City Manager to step down now
Published 03/26/2010 at 9:30 p.m.
Bonita Springs Mayor Ben Nelson has asked City Manager Gary Price to step down now -- instead of discussing the matter as planned at the next scheduled City Council meeting.
Bald eagles, plastic bags don't mix - especially in Bonita Springs
Updated 03/25/2010 at 9:18 p.m.
The bald eagle, a symbol of the United States, has become for some in Bonita Springs a reason to oppose plastic grocery bags.
Bonita Springs manager to decide future after April meeting
Published 03/24/2010 at 7:36 p.m. 1 Comment
Gary Price will decide whether he will continue as Bonita Springs manager after City Council discusses a request for his resignation next month, he said. “I don’t think there’s any reason to continue if I don’t have the council’s support,” ...
Bonita Springs city manager to consider stepping down after criticism
Published 03/24/2010 at 12:41 p.m.
Gary Price will decide whether he will continue as Bonita Springs City Manger or after City Council discusses a request for his resignation next month, he said.
Use it or lose it: Bonita Springs has six years to use nearly $700,000 for parks
Published 03/22/2010 at 6:08 p.m.
Bonita Springs must spend $691,000 on acquiring, building or improving parks in the next couple of years or risk losing it, the city’s finance director said Monday.